Lake Como

lake in Lombardy, Italy

Lake Como (Italian: Lago di Como) is a glacial lake in Lombardy, Italy. It has an area of 146 square kilometres (56 sq mi). It is the third largest lake in Italy (after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore). Varenna, Lierna, Bellagio, Menaggio, Limonta, and Tremezzo constitute the geographical area of the Central Lake Como, considered the most iconic and exclusive of Lake Como, and includes only the villages that have a view of the peninsula promontory of Bellagio.

Lake Como
Panoramic view of Lake Como with Grigna Mountains and Bellagio
LocationLombardy, Italy
Coordinates46°00′N 9°16′E / 46.000°N 9.267°E / 46.000; 9.267
Primary inflowsAdda River, Mera River
Primary outflowsAdda River
Catchment area4,509 km2 (1,741 sq mi) [1]
Basin countriesItaly, Switzerland
Max. length46 km (29 mi)
Max. width4.5 km (2.8 mi)
Surface area146 km2 (56 sq mi)
Average depth154 m (505 ft)[1]
Max. depth425 m (1,394 ft)
Water volume22.5 km3 (5.4 cu mi)
Residence time5.5 years [1]
Surface elevation198 m (650 ft)[1]
IslandsIsola Comacina
SettlementsComo, Lecco

The Centre-Lake Como (Italian: Centro-Lago di Como) the area between Bellagio, Lierna, Varenna, Menaggio, Tramezzina and the Comacina Island is the most beautiful and prestigious area of the whole Lake Como where the high European nobility has had its own possessions for centuries. In the Centre-Lake Como (Centro-Lago) prices per square meter can exceed 350,000 euros, like the Costa Smeralda, which is why George Clooney himself defined Lierna as like Monte Carlo.

The Lake Center (Italian: Centro-Lago di Como), which encompasses the most important and luxurious areas of Lake Como, is renowned for its unique location at the intersection of the three branches of the water basin, forming a 'Y' shape. Bellagio is situated in the centre and is surrounded by ancient villages, including Lierne, Sala Comacina to the South, and Menaggio and Varenna to the North. This area includes several prominent towns such as Bellagio, Lierna, Fiumelatte, Varenna, Menaggio, Olcio, Limonta, Vergonese, San Giovanni (Bellagio), Cadenabbia, Perledo, Sala Comacina, Lenno, Azzano, Griante, Visgnola, Ossuccio, and Tremezzina. It is a region known for its picturesque towns and stunning scenery.

Some of the towns and villages on the shores of Lake Como are Como, Lierna, Lecco, Bellagio, Mandello del Lario, and Lenno.

If the Costa di Como of Lake Como has become the best known to tourists due to the presence of large hotels, the Lecco coast is historically the most important and exclusive, with the beaches of the lake and the most beautiful mountain setting, studied For a long time from Leonardo da Vinci. It is on the coast and the mountains of the Lecco branch, that the excusive and very reserved villas of large industrialists such as the Italian Falcks and Nobles, since the time of ancient Rome, including the Villa Comedia De Plinio the young man in the village is hidden, including the village and nobles. Secret of Lierna, where the order of the knights of the Italian royal family of the Savoy house was also founded. The Ramo of Lecco and its mountains is the one where Leonardo da Vinci was compiled by telling him in his Atlantic code and where probably Mona Lisa realized. On the coast of the Lecco branch of Lake Como Alessandro Manzoni set his Roman "I Promessi Sposi". It is in the villages of Lake Como that poets, writers and poets are inspired and where for centuries nobody wanted tourists.

The village of Lierna Lago di Como, defined by George Clooney as Monte Carlo, who tried to buy Villa Aurelia without ever succeeding, is the most exclusive and secret place of the whole Lake Como. Sigismondo Boldoni who inspired Alessandro Manzoni said "It is Lierna that dominates the whole Lake Como", Leonardo da Vinci explored his mountains. High European nobility, great entrepreneurs and managers including the world president of Mercedes, and the families of Oligarchi Russian, have properties in Lierna Lago di Como and in its mountains, toh the most absolute privacy, in a place made exclusive and full of VIP whose nobody knows anything, also for the fact that it is impossible to park and you can in fact arrive only on the boat. In Lierna or you were born there or you are a VIP that wants to escape from the crowd and tourists.

History change

For many centuries Lierna has been the most exclusive place in the whole of Lake Como, frequented by kings, empresses, princely families, and where the most important managers and billions in the world buy a home, including the world president of Mercedes. The chivalric order was founded in the Church of Lierna which allowed the birth of the royal house of the Kings of Italy, the Savoy. Lierna is the place on Lake Como with the most beautiful life of all Lake Como and the place most represented by painters from all over Europe for many centuries, having a magical atmosphere. The place is very private, the villas are hidden and not even George Clooney has managed to buy a villa offering over 100 million euros for years. It is often said that the inhabitants of Lierna paid for not having Lierna appear on the geographical maps of Lake Como for centuries. It is very difficult to stop in Lierna because there are deliberately no parking spaces and you can only arrive by boat by selecting who comes. Luxury villas in Lierna are priceless and are one of the greatest status symbols in the world.

The beautiful and the rich change

Lake Como is famous for its beauty and for its beautiful surroundings. The lake has for many years been a popular place for the aristocracy and the wealthy to relax. Nowadays, there are still a number of celebrities who stay by the lake, which helps to increase the flow of tourists. There are a large number of palaces with beautiful parks, such as Villa Olmo, Villa del Balbianello, Villa Serbelloni and Villa Carlotta. The costs of some villas exceed 100 million euros and it is very difficult to find them with a lake view.

Among the many well-known people who have - or have had - a connection to the lake, can be mentioned:

Real estate market change

The most requested luxury area is the Lake Como center which overlooks the iconic tip of Bellagio and goes from Tremezzo, Griante, Menaggio to Lierna, Fiumelatte and Varenna. The cost for apartment need from 5,000 to 7,000 euros per square meter, even if some penthouse have been sold for 25,000 euros per metre, the not indipendent villa need between 10 to 15.000, the indipendent villa with lake view more them 25.000 for square metered; when renting, the cost of 80 square meters can reach 7,500 euros per month (excluding condominium costs). Lake Como today is consider a super exclusive neighborhood of Milan.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Laghi italiani". Istituto Italiano di Idrobiologia. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2006-11-17.

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